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Shia LaBeouf launched Version 3.0 of his plagued He Will Not Divide Us exhibit, originally intended as a four-year-long running protest of President Trump, but it barely lasted a day before Internet detectives conquered it using an astonishingly skillful scientific approach.

LaBeouf and his co-creators erected a white flag ( emblazoned with the words "He Will Not Divide Us" in an undisclosed location and trained a webcam on it, which he planned to stream continually at the website dedicated to the project.

The flag could have been located anywhere on the planet, and no geographical markers were present in the skywards-facing shot, but this would still prove not enough to stump the community of users on 4Chan and 8Ch boards who teamed up to pinpoint its location and sabotage it in an ultimate contest of "Capture the Flag."

According to reports ( and conversations ( on the boards, viewers discovered contrails from airplanes flying through the scene, and were subsequently able to deduce the general coordinates of the flag to be in Green County, Tennessee, using flight radar and tracking.

A user then embarked to the region in their car, sounding the horn regularly until viewers monitoring the livestream heard it and further narrowed down the search region.

Finally, users employed analysis of celestial mechanics to determine the tightest space in which the exhibit could be pinpointed.

Users deployed ( to the location, lowered the flag, and replaced it with a bright red "Make American Great Again" hat and t-shirt depicting Donald Trump and Pepe the Frog.

The entire operation took just one day and a night to execute.

Soon after, the live-stream was disabled. At the time of this writing, it had recently come back online and displays a bare flagpole.

Story w/ pics:

Serena Williams has more than $70 million dollars in career prize money. She and her sister Venus once bragged they could beat any man outside the world's top 200. The challenge was accepted by Karsten Braasch, a German ranked 203. Before the matches, Braasch played a round of golf in the morning, drank a couple of beers, smoked a few cigarettes and then beat Serena 6-1 and Venus 6-2.

Braasch clearly proved he was a better player and deserved to be paid more. Serena said after the game: "I didn't know it would be that hard. I hit shots that would have been winners on the women's tour and he got them easily." Braasch's career prize money? Less than $1.5 million.
UPS truck drivers don't take left turns, and despite this usually resulting in longer route, they are saving millions of dollars in fuel costs. From a report:

The company decided on eliminating left turns (or right turns in left-hand driving countries such as India) wherever possible after it found that drivers have to sit idly in the trucks while waiting to take the left turn to pass through traffic. So, it created an algorithm that eliminated left turns from drivers' routes even if meant a longer journey.

This meant that drivers do not have to wait in traffic to take a left turn and can take the right turn at junctions. Of course, the algorithm does not entirely eliminate left turns, but the number of left turns taken by UPS trucks is less than 10 percent of all turns made. Turns out that UPS was right -- the idea really paid off. In 2005, a year after it announced that it will minimize left turns, the company said that the total distance covered by its 96,000 trucks was reduced by 747,000km, and 190,000 litres of fuel had been saved.

In 2011, Bob Stoffel, a UPS Senior Vice President, told Fortune that the company had reduced distance traveled by trucks by 20.4 million miles, and reduced CO2 emissions by 20,000 metric tons, by not taking left turns. A recent report by The Independent says that the total reduction in distance traveled by UPS trucks now stands at 45.8 million miles, and there are 1,100 fewer trucks in its fleet because of the algorithm. Even by conservative estimates, that's tens of millions of dollars of savings in fuel costs.
Discover Seattle! / la la la la
Feb 21 17 01:42
la la la la
Futility haiku

The harder we try
fruitless efforts are in vain
the worse we make things

Tech Support Haiku

No, a forward slash,
look where the question mark is,
you learned something new

Quote from: homeless troll on Dec 07 16 12:58
are they all on holidays?  a pleasure cruise?  cruising for pleasure?

More like cruising the streets, lol. :)
Discover Seattle! / Re: My Land
Nov 25 16 08:38
Lol, nice to see you again chief. It wouldn't be Thanksgiving without you.
Quote from: homeless troll on Nov 18 16 09:57
Wonderful news the National Geographic show Nazi Megastructures  is featuring Trump Tower this month.

LOL :)
You know, it's been almost 10 years since my first trip, and I have to say things couldn't have worked out better. Sakha and I are as happy as I can be, her sister is now here and happily married, and mom is here as well.
Quote from: Acer on Nov 14 16 11:38Things change, times change, don't they?

Truer words have never been spoken.,3388.msg177184.html#msg177184
A few boring vids from my most recent trip.
Quote from: Acer on Nov 14 16 01:41
Are you still alive?

More alive than ever before. :)
We're not that different, RDL...I just believe in one less god than you do.

Quote from: RDL on Sep 06 16 01:49
I am a believer in God, but I do share many views with atheists.

I am tolerant.
I am humane.
Of course I support the right of gays to marry -- since I am gay.  In fact I'll go even further than most, and say that self-marriage should be legal.
I'm not happy about women ending pregnancies, since life is life, but I suppose it's safer than the back alley abortions that used to take place before abortion was legal, so ok.
I support halting the death penalty.
I support legalizing marijuana, but with the same rules and regulations as alcohol and tobacco.
I support universal health care.

In fact, I even voted Liberal in the 2015 Canadian federal election.
By James A. Haught
Tribune News Service

Western civilization has entered the long-predicted Secular Age, when the power of religion over society gradually recedes.

Europe started the shift after World War II. Churchgoing diminished until only a fringe of Europeans attend worship today. The young especially ignore faith. The secularizing trend spread to Canada and other democracies.

Now it's occurring in America. People who tell pollsters their religion is "none" have increased to one-fourth of the U.S. population. They're expected to continue rising because one-third of Americans under 30 have ceased worshiping.

This trend has political significance, because those who don't attend church are strongly liberal. The "none" segment may decide the presidency.

"The Decline of Religion is the GOP's Real Demographic Crisis" is the title of a research report by journalist Matthew Sheffield, who is writing a book on the trend.

He points out Republican Mitt Romney won the 2012 presidential election, as far as U.S. churchgoers are concerned – but churchless voters killed Romney.

Polls show "none" voters backed Democrat Barack Obama in 2012 by huge margins: Virginia, 78 percent to 22 – Florida, 72 to 26 – etc.

"It is safe to say that the Godless Gap cost Mitt Romney the election," Sheffield concluded.

Young "nones" generally are tolerant and humane. They support the right of gays to marry and women's right to end pregnancies. They would halt the death penalty and legalize marijuana. They support universal health care. They reject most of the GOP and its fundemantalist wing's harsh Puritanism.

White evangelicals vote Republican as forcefully as "nones" vote Democratic. Both groups are now even – each comprising one-fifth to one-fourth of voters.

But white evangelicals are shrinking, while the churchless grow relentlessly. The trend bodes a brighter future for liberal politics (although many "nones" don't vote).

It's fascinating to watch the culture evolve. When I became a young reporter in Charleston, W.Va., the 1950s, Appalachian Bible Belt taboos were locked into law. It was a felony to be gay or for a desperate girl to end a pregnancy. Mixed-race marriage was against the law. It was a crime to sell a cocktail, lottery ticket or anything akin to a Playboy magazine. Schools had mandatory teacher-led prayer. It was a crime for an unwed couple to live together or even share a bedroom.

All those religion-based laws slowly vanished as society turned more secular. Few people noticed, because we all were too busy with daily life.

The secularizing trend seems unstoppable. It gradually bolsters progressive values of the Democratic Party. White evangelicals remain the heart of the GOP – but they're losing ground as "nones" slowly outnumber them.